It's autumn and that means we can go to the beach again without stressful traffic jams, sticky neighbors on the next towel, frying air surrounding you and other people's smartphones with a too loud playlist robbing you from your inner peace. No, when autumn knocks on the door, the coastline is calm and dogs can run free again, you know it's beach walk time.
Talking of the beach we of course also mean the dunes! With its versatility in flora and fauna (in the most amazing colors!) It's a pleasure to enjoy the site every season. Dune parks such as those at CaanZEE are characterized by a characteristic landscape and are carefully preserved thanks to the efforts of managers and protectors. Spot a herd of wisents or a colony of spoonbills, go for nice walks, collect autumn treasures or go on an excursion with the forester. Being outside is really worth it all year round! Because as everyone knows: if you've been out in the cold and rain, a hot drink tastes even better. And if you want to warm up after a brisk beach walk, whether or not at a fire, that's also possible. In the Netherlands, many beach bars close their doors in the fall, but luckily that's not the case at CaanZEE: you can enjoy a hot (or cold) drink year round here. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Park at PaanZEE en let us be the start of a wonderful day. So, see you soon?
Have you ever heard of the term Indian Summer? You can probably relate it a bit, but here's the whole story in case you'd like to know. The origin of the Indian Summer lies in North America and stands for a period in which it's very warm for the time of the year (autumn) after a period in which it was cold and autumnal. It's sunny and the skies are blue, but at the same time the leaves on the trees are discoloring. Originally only the period in November was so called, but according to climatologists sudden heat in September may also be called Indian Summer. This year we dived into fall quite fast in the Netherlands, in early September, but luckily we have already been able to enjoy some Indian Summer days as well!
There is also a Dutch term for Indian Summer: 'old women' summer. It is not known exactly where the term comes from, but it is suspected that it originated in the 16th century. "Old women" would mean a weak summer. In short: late summer.
In the Netherlands, temperatures during such an Indian Summer can rise to around 20 to 25 degrees. And yes, this weekend we'll probably be able to enjoy those temperatures again! A visit to the beach is always recommended, but when the colors in nature slowly transform into the shades that fall is rich in and the weather allows you to wear just a t-shirt, then you should really let Netflix wait. As you know, parking at PaanZEE is the starting point of a day outside in and around CaanZEE. Bring a picnic basket, use a PaanZEE wagon and land yourself on the beach. Or charter some friends and have a beach volleyball match. Indian Summer, you gotta love it!
On beautiful (indian) summer days, beach guests know where to find CaanZEE. PaanZEE is therefore quite full of cars on those days. Yet there is always a spot available for you in the parking lot. To make searching in the peak crowds a bit easier for you, the PaanZEE staff uses a step to go out for you to find a free space and then hoists a flag to indicate it. That way you can drive your car there directly and you'll be on the beach even faster!
We understand better than anyone that you want to enjoy your beach visit as quickly, easily and pleasantly as possible. That's why the PaanZEE team is constantly looking for ways to facilitate you in this. Earlier we wrote about the FREE charging points for electric cars, Blue Line Vouchers, FREE bolder carts and the Foot Wash stations. These are all items that we offer to optimize your parking experience at PaanZEE. So that goes much further beyond just offering a parking space. And we're not nearly finished with expanding our services yet so stay tuned for more to come!
There's no better feeling than settling down on the beach, whipping the sand with your bare feet. Freedom! The fine sand of the Dutch coast functions great as a bed to spread out your towel on. If we had to mention one small "disadvantage" of all this sand, is that you don't necessarily want to take it home with you. And that ain't easy if your feet are covered in sand when you go home... To prevent your houses from turning into a sandbox (and the beach an empty sandbox), but of course especially to get you home with fresh feet, we have installed a Foot Wash station (a second one will follow soon!). This way you can rinse your feet fresh and fruity before going in your car after your visit to the beach. This means that another PaanZEE Happy Parking service component has been realized!Source: Photography by Shirley Douwstra-NotmeijerFor all thirsty visitors to the beach it's good to know that the Foot Wash Stations are not suitable as drinking water. For this we refer you to the drinking water point on the beach plateau. There you can tap delicious fresh water for free. We keep it cool, you get the best!
You can of course just relax on the beach of CaanZEE (we can relate). But there are also quite a lot activities available for you too. Try a surf a lesson (kite) for example, rent a sup board, bodyboard or join in at a bootcamp session by the sea. Nowadays it's even an option to do a yoga session in the sand. Not a bad idea at all: it can't get more relaxing than here, with the sound of the ocean (and some seaguls) in the backgroud.
A variant of this that you may not know yet is Aerial Yoga, also known as hammock yoga. Hanging out in a hammock with a view on the surf is part of that. We have placed wooden beams especially for hanging the hammocks above the ground. The yoga postures in the hammock make space in your body. The fresh air makes room in your lungs and the wide view makes room in your mind. Certainly worth a try: https://www.yogacastricum.nl/a ...
Dive inOf course you can also take a dip in the old-fashioned way! There are different groups of people who invariably come, summer AND winter, to take a fresh morning dive. Good for everything in your body, but especially a wake-up call that will probably do more than your standard cup of coffee ... Park your car at PaanZEE and you'll be back at your car and at home in no time. After all, a good start to the day is half the battle!